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Testing the Effect of Hedge Height on Perceived Safety-A Landscape Design Intervention

Evensen, Katinka H. and Nordh, Helena and Hassan, Ramzi and Fyhri, Aslak (2021). Testing the Effect of Hedge Height on Perceived Safety-A Landscape Design Intervention. Sustainability. 13 , 5063
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Access to safe, green urban environments is important for quality of life in cities. The objective of this study is to explore the impact of a safety-enhancing landscape design measure on visitors' experiences in an urban park. Additionally, this paper combines the use of field and virtual reality (VR) experiments, contributing methodological insights into how to evaluate safety measures in green space management and research on perceived safety. In a field experiment (n = 266), we explored whether the height of a hedge along a pathway influenced perceived safety among users. The field study showed that cutting down the hedge improved the perceived prospect of the immediate surrounding areas for female users, which again made them feel safer in the park. We developed a VR experiment for an evening scenario in the same environment (n = 19) to supplement the field study and test the effect of the intervention further. The VR experiment also found a gender effect on perceived safety, with females reporting lower perceived safety, but no effect was shown for the height of the hedge. The results in this study show that environmental attributes such as perceived prospect and concealment should be considered in the design and management of urban green spaces. Additionally, this research demonstrates an approach to conducting field experiments to test the effects of actual design interventions and then further developing these experiments using VR technology. Further research on perceived safety in outdoor spaces is needed to make use of this combined method's potential.

Authors/Creators:Evensen, Katinka H. and Nordh, Helena and Hassan, Ramzi and Fyhri, Aslak
Title:Testing the Effect of Hedge Height on Perceived Safety-A Landscape Design Intervention
Series Name/Journal:Sustainability
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:13
Article number:5063
Number of Pages:15
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2071-1050
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
Keywords:green space management, fear of crime, vegetation, perceived prospect, entrapment and concealment, virtual reality
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112126
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112126
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DOI10.3390/su13095063
Web of Science (WoS)000650921500001
ID Code:24410
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
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Deposited On:07 Jun 2021 16:43
Metadata Last Modified:07 Jun 2021 16:51

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